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SPECIAL LECTURE on CORAL REEFS
to coincide with the IMAX Film CORAL REEF ADVENTURE
and the Special Exhibition PEARLS: A NATURAL HISTORY

Coral Reefs: Ecology and Crisis
Dr. Bruce Carlson, V.P. Life Sciences for the Georgia Aquarium
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 7 p.m.
Auditorium

Coral reefs are one of the most complex and colorful natural wonders on our planet, rivaling rain forests in their capacity to support a diversity of life. These elaborate structures are formed by living organisms and provide a safe haven for millions of plants and animals. Reefs are key to the health of the ocean and beneficial to nearby coastal communities that benefit from their beauty and tourism appeal. But these unique ecosystems are in danger of disappearing forever, and the mystery which surrounds the sudden die-off of coral reefs (known as "bleaching") is not yet solved. Join Dr. Carlson as he takes us on a tour of coral reefs from around the world, with special focus on the Fiji islands (featured in the Coral Reef Adventure IMAX). He'll also provide an update on the latest coral reef bleaching incidents, the status of reefs worldwide, and information on what you can do to help support coral reef conservation efforts.

Cost: This lecture is FREE to the public, however reservations are required. For reservations, call 404.929.6400. Please arrive early to confirm your reservation. Tickets not claimed 10 minutes prior to the lecture will be reissued as space demands.
 
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